#70 best destination in the world

Old Quarter (Hanoi)

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  • Region of Hanoi that has been in existence since imperial times
  • Was a residential, manufacturing, and commercial center
  • Each street was specialized to one specific type of manufacturing or commerce

Hạ Long Bay

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  • Bay that features limestone karsts and isles
  • Bay has been formed over the course of 500 million years in different conditions and environments
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park

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  • #15 of the top 25 national parks in the world
  • Composed of 300 caves and grottoes
  • Contains the longest underground river in the world
  • Sơn Đoòng Cave is considered the largest cave in the world
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Imperial City of Huế

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  • Walled enclosure within the citadel (Kinh thành) of the city of Huế, the former imperial capital of Vietnam
  • Constructed began in 1804
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Hồ Thủy Tiên

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  • Water park opened in 2004, and abandoned by 2013 after business problems
  • The water has been overtaken by crocodiles, of which most are in a wildlife preserve, but some may still remain

Golden Bridge

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  • Pedestrian bridge in the Bà Nà Hills resort, designed to connect the cable car station with the gardens (avoiding a steep incline)
  • Bridge loops nearly back around to itself, and has two giant stone hands (constructed of fibreglass and wire mesh) designed to appear to support the structure
  • Opened in 2018

Marble Mountains

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  • Cluster of five marble and limestone hills
  • The five mountains are named after the five elements: Kim (metal), Thuy (water), Moc (wood), Hoa (fire) and Tho (earth)
  • All of the mountains have cave entrances and numerous tunnels, and it is possible to climb to the summit of Mount Thuy
  • Several Buddhist sanctuaries can be found within the mountains

Hội An Ancient Town

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  • Well-preserved South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th-19th century
  • Architecture reflects blend of indigenous and foreign influence
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

VinWonders Nha Trang

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  • Recreational resort and amusement park with rides, shows, gardens, and a large water park

Suối Tiên Amusement Park

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  • Park whose landscaping and attractions in the park illustrate Vietnam’s history and legends, such as Âu Cơ and Lạc Long Quân as well as the Battle of Son Tinh and Thuy Tinh (The Mountain God and The River God)
  • Offers an artificial seawater pool, a dinosaur garden and a roller coaster
  • Includes a man-made beach featuring a large waterfall with the face of an emperor sculpted into it
  • Opened in 1995

War Remnants Museum

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  • #10 of the top 25 museums in the world
  • Contains exhibits relating to the Vietnam War and the first Indochina War involving the French colonialists

Củ Chi Tunnels

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  • Large network of tunnels that underlie much of the country
  • Military campaigns during the Vietnam War
  • Used as hiding spots during combat, as well as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches, and living quarters for North Vietnamese fighters

Costs

Number of Days: 29 days

Best Time To Fly: Dec-Feb

Airline ticket: $1,292

Seattle -> Hanoi (one way) $533
Hanoi -> Đồng Hới (one way) $75
Da Nang -> Nha Trang (one way) $20
Nha Trang -> Ho Chi Minh City (one way) $22
Ho Chi Minh City -> Seattle (one way) $642

Food: $7/day x 31 days = $217

Rental car: $/day x 3 days = $

Airbnb/hotel: $42/day x 27 days = $1,179

TOTAL: $3,085